It’s that time of year when I start vegetable garden dreaming. This year, I’m going to rein it in a bit and keep things simple. Because, let’s face it, small realistic dreams will be more successful.
Here’s what I’m thinking:
- A maximum of five tomato plants. Two roma, one black krim, one sungold, and one something else.
- Two red bell pepper plants. Seedlings will be purchased from the farmers’ market because that was the only one that survived and produced last season.
- Four basil plants. I’ve been enjoying the pesto I made and froze over the summer, so lots of basil is a must.
- One butternut squash vine. The hard work will be convincing Porkchop that one vine won’t take over the entire yard.
- Sugar snap peas. We will purchase or build a new trellis for these.
- Black beans. These will grow on the pea trellis once the heat kills the peas.
- Lettuce greens and spinach.
- Thyme and rosemary.
- Strawberries and blueberries.
My big dream would be to install a wall of herbs (something like this) in a doorway that we never use (just as we have two front doors, we have two back doors). But…that might be too much work for now.
Last year, I put in a lot of hours in our community garden, and I really suffered burn out from it. Given my time constraints and studying duties, I am reluctant to sign on for it again. I would do it if I could have just one plot, rather than everyone working on the entire garden. Also, if the garden had its own water spigot, I would be in for sure. The current water situation (calling a neighbor to turn on their water) is rather inconvenient.
What are your garden thoughts?